AZGem Gems

June 2012


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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Jewelry Mounting, Setting, and Finding


jewelry mountings, settings, and findings


Jewelry mounting, setting, and finding... what term is appropriate, and what are the the differences?

Jewelry mounting, setting, and finding are three of the words used constantly in the industry, and among jewelry consumers. Some companies that manufacture jewelry components call themselves "mounting companies", some call themselves "setting manufacturers", and most do not use either word in their company name.

Mounting and setting are terms often used seemingly interchangeably. I say seemingly because there are subtle differences (at least in the way I employ the two terms).

I generally use the word "mounting" when I speak of the main pendant, earring, finger ring, or other metal (usually) jewelry piece intended to hold diamonds and/or colored gems.

To me, the term "setting" is used when speaking of that same jewelry component in its surrounding environment. Something like... "The shape of the earring setting compliments your facial shape."



ring mounting three stone


Both of the word usages discussed above are in the context of objects. The two terms are also used when speaking of an activity.

Setting a gem in a jewelry mounting is a common way of referring to the process of seating a stone in its intended place and securing it by tightening a bezel or prongs. (I'll leave bead setting and other methods for a later newsletter article.)

"Mounting a stone" is a term used by a bench jeweler that I know. I'm aware that he means to seat and secure a gem in a mounting, but I invariably get a mental picture of him standing on top of a boulder.


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"Jewelry finding" is a better defined word for me. I see the plethora of small, add-on parts for a jewelry piece as  jewelry findings. Clasps, bails, heads, jump rings, and seemingly hundreds of other small, add-on parts are in stock at jewelry findings houses and local suppliers.


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TigerDirect Best Sellers


A jewelry findings house may stock hundreds of different heads, Platinum, 18K, 14K, and 10K gold... in yellow and white, rhodium plated, and sterling silver, are most of the metal variations that are usually kept in stock. 

Heads, of course, come in various sizes and styles.  For a particular job, a bench jeweler may need a 6 mm, round, four prong peg head, in rhodium plated gold. The head in the center of the photo below fits that description.


jewelry findings - heads


ring mounting for peg head and accent stones


The photo above shows a ring mounting that takes a peg head. This type of mounting is versatile, in that it will gracefully accommodate center stones of various sizes and shapes.

Jewelry mounting, setting, and finding are terms interchangeable enough that you will communicate with other jewelry people... no matter which word you use. 



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Photo Information

Top - Rose gold ring mounting

Next - Sterling silver ladies three stone ring mounting

Next - Setting a gem in a basket head with prongs

Next - Various jewelry findings

Next - Examples of a few head styles

Next - Ring mounting that accepts a peg head

Lower -Gem Special Offer - Baroque pearl strand - high lustre

Next - Dealer Product Image - Chrome Diopside and White Topaz Ring in Sterling

Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling Earrings





A Google search using keywords such as jewelry mounting or jewelry components can return some very interesting information and websites.




Gem Offer



Here is this month's special gem deal. I have strands of beautiful, lustrous, casual pearls in several lengths. Pearl admirers call them baroque pearls, or potato pearls Compared to rice pearls, these are much larger.

As you can see in the photo, these quality pearls are uniform in color and display outstanding lustre.

Gem:     Pearl strand

Color:     White, high lustre

Shape:    Baroque

Size:       Large pears, 16 inch to 36 inch strands

Price:      $24 (18 inch strand)

Send me an email (with anti-spam) and tell me that you want this fine gem.

We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.


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Gem Industry News


Las Vegas Jewelry and Gem Shows

JCK Las Vegas Show -- June 1 - June 4, 2012

The 2012 premier jewelry industry trade show kicked off this morning with an opening ceremony, some late arriving exhibitors setting up their booths, numerous educational sessions, and various social gatherings throughout the day and evening.

Most of the people attending are retail jewelry store owners, management, and some jewelry website business people. Their primary interest are in visiting pre-identified exhibitors... and then freelance cruising many of the other booths.

Many jewelry industry manufacturers exhibit their new and/or best selling lines at this show. Jewelry lines, watch lines, tabletop lines, and luxury leather goods are all here to be seen.

In addition, tools and equipment, showcases, display and packaging products, and other jewelry store necessities are on display and available to be ordered.


AGTA GemFair -- May 31, 2012 - June 4, 2012

The 2012 AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show is located in the South Pacific and Islander Ballrooms in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

This is a "delivery show" where registered buyers can examine, select, purchase, and carry away, loose gems and pearls.

The 2012 AGTA GemFair™ gem show began yesterday. Attendees could come to the JCK show site and register (or pick up their credential), and then pay a first visit to the gem show.




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Jewelry Dealers


wholesale jewelry


From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory. If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had. And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.

From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays, anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!

A market where people perceive they should spend less fits right into your marketing strategy... 

Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.


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Jewelry Dealers Program


jewelry dealers program


Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?

Do you enjoy talking with friends and friends of friends?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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